I'm currently on a caffeine buzz researching facts and figures for my presentation at FILEX conference this year. Being buzzed doesn't mean, I am downing cups of brown gold, no it just means I'm excited with what I'm finding. Particularly because I have own on my own Triathlon races in 1 week, i'm hoping to use caffeine as a way to take the edge off the pain! This race i'm putting research into practice and giving this comp a good shot.
I thought you might find this time line of caffeine facts as interesting as I did. Hopefully you may be able to use this little bit of trivia at your next dinner party.
Caffeine Time Line of facts
700, 000 years ago Prehistoric humans got their caffeine fix by chewing on seeds, leaves and cark of caffeine containing plants
1400- The preparation of coffee started in the middle East in the 1400’s . It spread to Europe in the 1600’s where it was fashionable to visit coffeehouses
1800- Cola drinks emerged in 1886 as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola 1989. They were first advertised as herbal medicine said to alleviate headaches, improve digestion, and provide exhilaration and invigoration. The original formulations contained a light concoction of sugar, cinnamon, lime and coca leaves, which had natural cocaine in them. No wonder people felt better!
1900- Caffeine fact: In the early 1900’s endurance athletes ran on a cocktail of caffeine containing cocaine, heroin, strychnine and ether. They alleviated exhaustion under stress
1980- Caffeine banned in drug tested sports
1999- American 200m sprinter Inger Miller stripped oh her bronze medal at the indoor world championships in Japan
2004- Caffeine removed from banned substance list. Now acknowledge it is a performance enhancing stimulant, however due to it's wide spread use normally it is too difficult to label what is a normal intake and too difficult to test.
2002 -Further research by the AIS has demonstrated more normal use small doses frequently of caffeine is more effective and tolerated than previous caffeine doping practices. They found that small amount of flat cola drinks during long endurance events worked better than large caffeine boluses previously given at the start of a race.
2007- Publication by researchers Russell Keat and Lynette Riddell found that caffeine is not an important flavouring agent in coke. They concluded that the purpose of caffeine is intended to create buzz of the consumer and lead to beverage addiction.
2014 - First ever caffeine nasal spray invented “Turbo snort”. Claim to provide 1mg of caffeine per metered spray to give you safe long lasting energy without having to drink or taste anything. What will they think of next?
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